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Alltech Young Scientist

To participate, students must write a scientific paper based on agricultural research in the areas of plant or animal technology. The global undergraduate winner receives $5,000 and the global graduate winner receives $10,000. Visit the website for more information.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Education Advancement Foundation Scholarship

The Educational Advancement Foundation provides scholarships based on merit and financial need for deserving undergraduates. Visit the website for more information.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards

The ASF offers fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Applicants must have a research project that must be completed in a Scandinavian country and complete their undergraduate education by the start of the project. Visit the website for more information.

Amgen Scholars

Amgen Scholars research during the summer at some of the nation's leading institutions with faculty mentors. Applicants should intend to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D., and be returning in the fall semester to continue undergraduate study. Visit the website for more information.

Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation makes an annual award to an outstanding student who exhibits motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in STEM disciplines. Students must contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for application materials. Visit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation website for more information.

The campus deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year has passed.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and foster excellence in STEM fields. Visit the website for more information.

The campus deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 3, 2014. 

Bureau of the Census Pathways Internship Program

The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society, and culture. Job duties vary depending on the student's area of study and position series. Visit the website for more information.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants for one year conducting research for books, co-authoring papers, participating in meetings, and organizing briefings. Students with significant coursework in International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, History, or languages such as Russian, or Chinese are encouraged to apply. Visit the website for more information.

The campus deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 3, 2014. 

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scholarship program provides applicants with awards up to $8,000 per year for full time study and a 10-week internship in the summer for training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education. Visit the website for more information.

Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund

The Explorers Club offers grants to students conducting individual scientific or exploration research projects through their respective schools with a supervising instructor. Visit the website for more information.

Fulbright Grant

The Fulbright Program is designed to give students opportunities to pursue graduate study and research in over 100 nations. Most grants are Full or English Teaching Assistantship grants. Students must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to beginning the program. Visit the website for more information.

The campus deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is September 15, 2014.

IGSP Summer Fellowship Program

Duke University hosts a 10-week summer fellowship program within the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Research ranges from cutting-edge genome science, technology and their applications to the study of the ethical, legal, social and personal consequences of genome science. Recipients receive housing on the Duke University campus and a stipend. Visit the website for more information.

James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

The James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund offers an essay contest for students with the subject concerning cancer. Visit the website for deadlines and more information.

Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship

The Rieser Fellowships provide up to two successful applicants with a  one-time award of up to $4,000 to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy, focusing on a significant aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization, or biotechnology. Visit the website for more information.

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants

The Young Explorers Grants offer individuals the opportunity to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects. Students should have prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration relevant to the proposed project. Visit the website for deadlines and more information.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships Program

The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program allows participants to research at the NIH and have the academic environment of a university. Students do not have to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at the time of application, but should intend to enroll and pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Visit. the website for deadlines and more information.

National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award

The NIH Postbac IRTA program provides recent college graduates, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school, to spend one or two years performing full-time research. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and intend to apply to graduate or professional school. Visit the website for deadlines and more information.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The NIH offers competitive scholarships up to $20,000 to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in health-related research. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a full-time undergraduate, and have exceptional financial need. Visit the website for deadlines and more information.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

 

The National Science Foundation offers fellowships for outstanding students for graduate school in STEM fields. A comprehensive list of fields is available on the website. Applicants should be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. National. Visit the website for deadlines and more information.

Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internships

The Pasteur Foundation of New York encourages students to pursue scientific careers and expose them to an international laboratory experience during a 10-week summer internship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and should have working knowledge of French. Visit the website for more information.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

 

NSF funds research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of about ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and should contact individual sites for information about deadlines and application materials. Visit the NSF website for more information.

 

SMART Scholarship

The SMART Scholarship Program is for students pursuing a degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed with the Department of Defense upon graduation. In order to apply, students must be a U.S. citizen, participate in summer internships, and accept employment with the DoD. Visit the website for more information.

Stowers Scholars Program

The Stowers Summer Scholars Program provides a laboratory experience for students to work on an independent research project under the direction of a principal investigator. Students must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework by the start of the program. Visit the website for more information.

Tillman Military Scholars

The Tillman Military Scholars program supports active and veteran service members who are completing a degree. Applicants must be a full-time student at a U.S.-based accredited institution and be a veteran or active duty military service member or spouse of an active duty or veteran service member. Visit the website for more information.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

The DOE Office of Science supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in a qualifying graduate program in the sciences. Visit the website for more information.

UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship

The UNCF/Merck Science Research Initiative awards scholarships up to $30,000 to students to participate in a 10-12 week summer research internship with a Merck scientist. Students must be an African American U.S. Citizen or permanent resident to apply. Visit the website for more information.

US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers Summer Institutes for US undergraduates (with at least two years of undergraduate study left) to study in the United Kingdom during the summer. Programs range from four to six weeks and allow students to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University. For more information, visit the website.

 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship

Fellows work on a research project under the supervision of a mentor in the ocean sciences or marine policy. Fellows receive housing and a stipend. Visit the website for more information.